7 drool-worthy recipes for national peanut butter day

Tomorrow is January 24th, and I know you all know what that means. You’re wracking your brain aren’t you? We just had Martin Luther King Day, the inauguration is over, and Valentine’s Day isn’t for a couple more weeks. What holiday have you forgotten about? What Hallmark card are you missing?  It’s National Peanut Butter Day of course!

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I had no idea such a day even existed until I saw the recent peanut butter cookie post on Jules Gluten Free.

I’m not a huge fan of the standard PBJ sandwich, but I LOVE peanut butter in desserts. Wait, LOVE might not be strong enough. What other synonyms can I find that might be better suited to describe my affection? I ADORE and LUST AFTER peanut butter decadence.

Jules inspired me to think about some of my favorite PB treats to find gluten-free recipes for them.  I haven’t tried any of these, so I needed some criteria in order to filter through the mass of recipes I found.

My criteria required the recipes to be easy and already gluten-free.  It also needed to have a 4-5 star rating or having several positive reviews, so I could determine if it was worth the time and money (and pounds gained) to make it.

Here are some of the most drool-worthy gluten-free peanut butter desserts I could find. Which one will you pick? Eenie, meenie, miney, mo…

And I now need a napkin to clean up my drool.

So, I know you’ve been busting your butt at the gym, but don’t you owe it to yourself and the powers that be to honor this deliciously ridiculous holiday with true peanut butter indulgence?

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Fill ‘er up oatmeal smoothie

I’m always in a specific predicament — figuring out what to do with bananas that are about to go bad. My kids never eat them fast enough, and before you know it, the bananas are more brown than yellow. So I’m always game to finding new ways to use them before I lose them.

Oatmeal SmoothieOne way I use them is in smoothies.  Lately I’ve been reading about oatmeal smoothies, and thought I’d try one out, thinking it would be a nice balanced breakfast alternative. With protein, fruit, calcium, and carbs, this is a pretty well-rounded smoothie, if I do say so myself.

It’s not super-sweet, but then again, it shouldn’t be. And it does have a texture to it. I have a Ninja blender and mine came out pretty smooth, but it does still definitely have some “meat” to it with drinkable small pieces of oats and almonds.

Nora wasn’t a huge fan, but didn’t really give it a fair chance, with her sip the size of a pea. Sophia drank a whole glass, and actually said, “It tastes like breakfast!”

A 12-oz serving is a perfect breakfast or snack, and a healthy alternative to all that processed gluten-free cereal. And this one is sure to help stave off the cravings!

Fill ‘er up oatmeal smoothie
Makes about 2 12-oz servings

Ingredients:
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 banana
1 cup almond milk
1 scoop gluten-free protein powder
14 dry roasted low-sodium almonds
1/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats
Dash of cinnamon

Directions:
This one is pretty easy. Throw it all in a blender and blend until smooth!

Nutrition: According to the recipe calculator I used on myfitnesspal.com, one serving equals: Calories: 238; Carbs: 35g; Fat: 7g; Protein: 13g; Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 15g

Try different combinations to find an oatmeal smoothie that will fill you up!

P.S. Peel and freeze your “almost bad” bananas for future smoothies!

Disappointed in Mrs. May

In the San Francisco airport looking for some gum and a good beach read, I stumbled across a few gluten-free snacks I’d never seen before.

Although, I am sans kids and have no new need to buy GF for myself, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try a new product–Mrs. May’s Almond Rice Stix. They come in a couple different flavors, but I chose the Mango Strawberry.

Honestly, I didn’t have high hopes as I opened the bag. Even the picture on the front of the bag looks like these “stix” would live up to their name and be dry, hard, and tasteless. My husband’s comment was something along the lines of ” those look awful.”

Although these weren’t the worst things I’ve ever tasted, they did live up to my low expectations. Dry is an understatement. Crunchy–certainly, and slightly sweet, so I guess there’s some truth in their advertising. The cane sugar that they use as the glue to keep it all together also got stuck in my back teeth, so if you don’t want to risk losing a filling, steer clear.

If I was starving and had no other options, sure I’d eat these, but I’d have to eat the whole bag to feel like I actually ingested any calories. Yet there are plenty with 130 calories and 4 grams of fat in each serving and 4 servings in this tiny bag.

Definitely not a kid-friendly choice, by my standards and I know Nora would turn her nose up at it after one bite, give it the silent “no” headshake, and throw away the rest.

I am constantly amazed at the unappetizing foods that make it into full production and show up on store shelves. Was there no taste-tester panel that could have nipped this product in the bud before it hit the market? Or am I the only the one that thinks these aren’t worth the money it takes to make them?

Somehow I don’t think it’s just me.